Ok folks, I’ve made it to the herbal big time. I can tell because the National Forest people are writing ME to identify and find their plants for them. While this is infinitely funny on one level, it is somewhat gratifying on another. Especially when the plant they’re looking for is Estafiate, the ever so common Artemisia ludoviciana of the West. Evidently, people have been coming to their office asking about this plant, where it is and how to harvest it. I wonder what’s triggered this newfound interest in a traditional and now neglected SW plant. I’m hoping that at least part of that answer lies in my herb article written for local newspapers. I’m sorry to say I’ve been neglecting that venue a bit and must get back to it.
Although I was already so locally famous that teenage boys and old ranchers alike snicker and ask me if I know any plants “that will get them high” when I go to the village, this new level of recognition is almost worth having a big gulp of homebrewed chamomile hard cider over.